By Mutsa Makuvaza
THE BRITISH Government has told Vice President Constantino Chiwenga that foreign donors account for 70% of support into Zimbabwe’s health care.
VP Chiwenga is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, following his appointment to the post by President Mnangagwa in August this year.
The revelation about the state of funding of the country’s healthcare was made by UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Melanie Robinson, in a tweet Wednesday.
“(I) was in a meeting today with VP Constantino Chiwenga, the US Embassy in Harare, the World Bank and the European Union in Zimbabwe, as well as UN partners.
“International donors fund 70% of Zimbabwe’s health sector. Urge GoZ to increase resources it devotes to this critical sector so the healthworker crisis can be quickly resolved,” said Ms Robinson.
She added: “We’re also pushing GoZ to show real efficiency and accountability in the allocation of resources to the health sector. Vital to make sure drugs & PPE reach the Zimbabweans who need them most, including junior medical staff.
“I’d like to give a shout-out to the doctors, nurses, student nurses and frontline workers in #Zimbabwe who continue to try to save lives under the most difficult of circumstances: they are true heroes,” said the envoy.
Zimbabwe’s healthcare has over the years been crippled by a myraid of challenges ranging from underfunding, corruption, endless job actions as well as lack of political will to invest in local health fracilities.
Public health workers have been on cat-and-mouse bickering with the government over low salaries and poor conditions of service. – Zimbabwe Voice